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Julie Coker is the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. In her role, Coker oversees all operational aspects of the 350-room hotel, which is the only hotel in the city located on Philadelphia’s revitalized waterfront area. Her current responsibilities include directing all hotel and employee operations such as managing the assets and providing monthly profit and loss statements, maintaining legal compliance, assessing financial or product issues, and outlining sales and marketing strategies, while providing guidance, mentorship, and leadership to the employees and managers of the hotel.
Coker is an 20-year Hyatt veteran. She began her Hyatt career in 1989 as a corporate management trainee at Hyatt Regency Columbus and held various positions at the hotel until 1992. She also held full-time positions, including assistant front office manager, front office manager, hotel assistant manager and assistant executive housekeeper at Hyatt Regency O’Hare. In 1994, she was promoted to her first room executive position at Hyatt Deerfield (Chicago) and held the same position at Hyatt Regency Cincinnati before being appointed to join the opening team and lead the rooms division at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in March 1998. In 1998, she was promoted to General Manager at Hyatt on Printer’s Row in downtown Chicago. From there, she was promoted to General Manager at The Lodge, a Hyatt property in Oak Brook, a suburb of Chicago.
Coker is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where she received a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management. She is a past secretary and board member of the Illinois Hospitality and Lodging Association (IHLA), a past board member of the Oak Brook, Illinois Economic Development Committee. She has been a nominee for Hotelier of the Year for IHLA in 2005 and 2006. Currently, she is a board member for the Greater Philadelphia Hospitality and Lodging Association, board member for American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Women in Lodging committee and has been nominated for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts General Manager of the Year in 2004 and 2006.